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Our part of river Glomma
is situated at an altitude of 500 meter, the mountains in the area rise
to ca 1200 meters. Because of the land climate the winters can be bitter
cold, in winter time the temperature can fall to minus 50
degrees Celsius. Glomma freezes over every winter, in
fact the farmers can drive their tractors over the massive ice floor. In
April the ice starts to melt and a few weeks later the river is ice free
again. The ice - floe's drifting down with the current shape and
re-shape the riverbed year after year.
Then summer arrives. In June it can be beautiful warm weather, or it can be like a "green winter", you never know. End of this month all the leaves will be on the trees, and insect live in the river is fully active. July normally is a nice summer month. Due to the west winds most rain falls in the mountains in the West, our area is one of the driest in Norway. August seems to be the nicest summer month with often very fine weather.
September can be a mixed bag: very nice "Indian summer" days and cold, early winter days are possible. Snow in early October is no exception, and in November winter will be back.
Something special for
these northern territories are the long summer days. From May 15th it
will not really get dark in the night. At midsummer night you can read
the paper outside in the middle of the night, and it will be like this
until mid of July. In August there are still long evenings, mid of
September it will be light until about 20.00 o'clock.
© Hein van Aar